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Hydroquinone

Last Revision: February 7, 2019.

Estimated reading time: 1 minute

CASRN: 123-31-9

Chemical structure

Drug Levels and Effects

Summary of Use during Lactation

Topical hydroquinone has not been studied during breastfeeding. Although hydroquinone is not contraindicated during breastfeeding, some experts feel that long-term use of hydroquinone is difficult to justify in a nursing mother.[1] If hydroquinone is used, ensure that the infant's skin does not come into direct contact with the areas of maternal skin that have been treated and the infant does not ingest the product from the mother's skin.

Drug Levels

Maternal Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Infant Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Effects in Breastfed Infants

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Effects on Lactation and Breastmilk

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

References

1.
Butler DC, Heller MM, Murase JE. Safety of dermatologic medications in pregnancy and lactation: Part II Lactation. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2014;70:417.e1-417.e10. [PubMed: 24528912]

Substance Identification

Substance Name

Hydroquinone

CAS Registry Number

123-31-9

Drug Class

  • Breast Feeding
  • Antioxidants
  • Depigmentors
  • Dermatologic Agents
  • Hydroquinones

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